It’s tricky to decide what to wear for fall portrait sessions in the mountains.When the cold comes in early September, sometimes it’s just too cold for a dress and sandals by themselves. I have some suggestions for new fall styles that will help you be fashionable, help you POP in front of those yellow aspen trees, and keep your color tones camera friendly.
First, let’s discuss color palettes. Just like in the summer, I recommend mute colors over bold primary ones. During fall, warm neutrals such as camel, taupe, cream, champagne, and great always look great. If you’d like to incorporate color into your session wardrobe, choose sophisticated jewel-toned versions of bright primary colors such as: mustard over yellow, burgundy over wed, camel over orange, sage or emerald over green, and navy over blue. These jewel tones will photograph beautifully in the Colorado fall season.
Now let’s talk about coordinating your outfit with your significant other or even your whole family. Keep in mind outfits will look most cohesive on camera when the color palette and wardrobe pieces coordinate, but don’t actually match. Meaning don’t everyone wear white and khaki (This isn’t your family photos circa 2010 on the beach, people!)
Wear a different dominant color, but stay within that color palette family. If you’re wearing a blush dress, then the guy can wear a navy coat with gray pants, paired with brown leather shoes. Little tip, it’s easier to pick your outfit first and then put together the guy or kiddos outfits based on that! That’s why I have these selections for you!
Shop this Colorado Fall style:
1 Fedora on Amazon
2 Warm Shaw on Amazon
3 Levi’s Jeans on Amazon
4 Naturalizer Boots on Amazon
5 Kendra Scott earrings on Nordstrom
Shop this Casual Chic Fall style:
1 Basic Dress on Amazon
2 Levi’s Jean Jacket on Amazon
3 Wrap Dress on Amazon
4 Booties on Amazon
5 Kids Cape on Janie and Jack
6 Kids Denim Leggings on Janie and Jack
7 Kids Booties on Janie and Jack
Shop these Flatter Figuring Wrap Dresses for Women and Girls:
1 Shirt Dress on Lulus
2 Girls Shirt Dress on HM
3 Linen Wrap Dress on Madewell
4 Floral Print Wrap Dress on Lulus
5 Navy Floral Wrap Dress on Lulus
6 Long Sleeve Shirt Dress on Amazon
Shop these Mens/Boys Plaid Styles:
1 Men’s Indigo Plaid on JCrew
2 Boy’s Linen Plaid on Zara
3 Plaid Jacket on Amazon
4 Men’s Cotton Plaid on Toad&Co.
5 Men’s Columbia Shirt on Amazon
6 Men’s Plaid on Gap/Old Navy
I’ve purchased a few of these pieces for my own wardrobe and can’t wait to wear them this fall! I love a good wrap dress so I got the blue striped shirt dress and the navy floral wrap dress from Lulus. I plan to wear them with my new Kendra Scott earrings that I got in my September Trunk Club from Nordstroms. Use my referral link to get a discount on your first trunk!
Already in Breckenridge and want something quick for your session? Here are my favorite boutiques on Main Street:
For the Guys, I recommend going to Mountain Goat on Breckenridge’s Main Street. For Ladies, my favorite boutiques in town are Ruby Jane, Beloved, Vintage Sweet and Chick, and Valley Girl. If you have little ones and need some last minute accessories or outfits, check out Ruby Jane and Breckenridge Kids.
I’d suggest clicking the Store links and see if your size is still available. Most of these pieces are handpicked by myself and my sister-in-law, Meaghen, who works for Amazon Fashion. If you choose to shop the Amazon links, I will receive a small commision with no extra cost to you!
Can’t wait for our portrait session!
I am so excited to share my first family portrait session in Breckenridge since March! It was a long awaited three months to be able to book sessions again. Breckenridge was just not the same without its hustle and bustle of tourists shopping on Main Street, long waits at restaurants and lift lines. I’m so grateful for people returning to our little mountain town!
Family Portrait Session Turned to Proposal Session
The Leeds family planned their first trip after quarantine to the mountains. They rented a home over in Buena Vista and planned to come over to Breckenridge to have their family session with me. The mom, Shannon, and Hayden her daughter’s boyfriend had a little idea. They decided to turn this family session into a surprise proposal to Hannah. It was so much fun pulling this off and making this super special for all of them to be there for the moment Hayden proposed.
Boreas Pass Road Location for Family Photo Shoot
This Breckenridge family portrait session took place at one of my favorite locations, Boreas Pass Road. Normally, the road would have been open to cars by this point in the summer. It was delayed, and though it is now open, the gate was still up during our session. It was still a nice private spot for our family session and the Leeds girls looked gorgeous in their summer dresses. Hannah and Abby were both wearing dresses from Lulus and now I want to revamp my whole summer wardrobe.
Want to see Hayden’s surprise proposal to Hannah? Of course you do! Take a look and see the sweet shock on her face when he got down on one knee.
I love these moments so much and am so grateful to get to capture milestone’s for people like this in the mountains!
There are so many fun family friendly summer activities in Breckenridge. When you’re bound for the Colorado mountains, it can feel overwhelming to try and fit in all the fun. I remember coming out to Breckenridge every summer to visit Tyson, and could never check it all off the list. If you’re coming to Breckenridge for a weekend or a week, I’ve got a local’s perspective and a few of my personal favorites to share with you!
See the Town Troll
(perfect for elementary aged kids)
Did you know that there’s a troll that lives in the forest here? Take the kids and visit Isaac Hearthstone on the Illinois Gulch Trail. It’s a short walk (like 400 feet short) and a perfect little trip to take young kids. The trailhead shares a parking lot with the Train park which is a favorite destination for my two-year-old who can’t get enough trains right now. So take the short walk in the woods to say hi to the large and lovable troll and then spend an hour in the shade at the Train Park. There are also hiking and biking paths to explore if you have more time and energy as a family.
Sit on the Beach at Frisco Bay
Frisco Bay Marina is a perfect destination for families who love both the water and the mountains. The large sandy beach has plenty of room for spreading out a blanket, building a sand castle and dipping your toes in the chilly lake. You can also rent paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes. I totally recommend bringing your own snacks and cooler or heading over to the Island Grill to get a beachy cocktail. My favorite is the Rum Runner! Their oriental salad is delicious too!
Rent Bikes and Ride Along the Rec Path
Another of my family friendly activities in Breckenridge is biking! We have the best rec path for biking. The rec path runs right through downtown Breckenridge and along the Blue River. Rent an ebike or Specialized bike to take the family on a cruise from Breckenridge to Frisco. You can even schedule a pick up from Alpine Sports at the Frisco Marina. Before your pickup, take a ride around Lake Dillon or explore Frisco Main Street. They have many great shops and restaurants as well.
Eat Outside on Breckenridge’s New Pedestrian Only Main Street
This won’t last forever, but until mid August 2020, you can sit outside at your favorite restaurant, take drinks to go, and have plenty of room to walk around Main Street and shop. My favorite rooftop patio is at Ridge Street Kitchen. Order some lunch and a cocktail over at Ridge Street Seafood and take your feast on the rooftop patio and enjoy one of the best views in Breckenridge. River Center Plaza is right off Main Street and has several live musicians playing throughout the summer during the lunch and dinner hours.
See an Elk or Moose
While we don’t have a wildlife refuge, it doesn’t mean there’s not a good chance that you can pull over and safely watch a grazing elk here. Dusk is the perfect time to see a herd of elk or the occasional moose. My recommendation is to take a drive late afternoon over the pass to Buena Vista and plan your return right around dusk (8:00ish in the summer). I’ve never not seen an antelope, herd of elk, and even a moose that time of night on my drive back to Breckenridge. There is also a beaver dam you can pull over and see in Blue River. Since you’re going to be over in Buena Vista, you have to grab an old fashioned burger at K’s Dairy Delite, Ice Cream at Louie’s, or grab a beer over at Eddy Line Brewery and walk along the river walk.
Make sure to capture this special vacation with a family portrait session. It’s a great way to remember your time in the mountains. Inevitably, when I photograph a family, I find out what they like to do and end up sharing many more personalized suggestions. I love being a local here with insider knowledge to share to help make family vacations even more memorable and fun.